ACLU Files Lawsuit Against State of Indiana on Behalf of New Horizons Rehabilitation

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against State of Indiana on Behalf of New Horizons Rehabilitation

Suit claims intentional discrimination against individuals with disabilities FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 14, 2017 Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript...

Transgender Community “Deeply Disappointed” in Rescission of Title IX Guidelines

Transgender Community “Deeply Disappointed” in Rescission of Title IX Guidelines

"Intolerance will not be tolerated in Indiana—especially toward young people in our schools," Kit Malone, Transgender Education, ACLU of Indiana   View the live Facebook video of the news...

5 Things You Can Do March 8, 2017

5 Things You Can Do March 8, 2017

March 8, 2017 As long as there is an American Civil Liberties Union (and we've been around for nearly 100 years), we will take a stand for what is right. We're stronger when you stand with us. We...

Resources for Families & People at Risk

Resources for Families & People at Risk

FEEL LIKE YOU'RE AT RISK? The ACLU has compiled a list of resources to help you. Since the election we've received a tremendous outpouring of support, and we want you to know we are working...

  • ACLU Files Lawsuit Against State of Indiana on Behalf of New Horizons Rehabilitation

  • Transgender Community “Deeply Disappointed” in Rescission of Title IX Guidelines

  • 5 Things You Can Do March 8, 2017

  • Resources for Families & People at Risk

2016 First Wednesdays Calendar

Our tentative calendar for First Wednesdays in 2016 is as follows: blind justice 2 wikipedia commonsBlind Justice. (Credit: Tim Evanso

February 10, 2016 -- Butler University, Indianapolis*

March 2, 2016 -- Evansville

May 4, 2016

September 7, 2016

November 2, 2016

*Event will be part of Founder's Week at Butler, and will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of February 2016.

 

 

 

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ACLU Speaks Out About Senate Bill 285 - Traffic Obstruction by Protestors

By Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana

Jane HenegarOver the past year, a historic level of activism and protest has spilled out into our nation's parks, streets, and sidewalks — places where our First Amendment rights are at their height. And yet, in several states including Indiana, legislators have followed up on this exuberant activism with proposed bills that are not only far less inspiring, but also unnecessary and potentially unconstitutional.

Disappointingly, SB 285 is one such bill.

Even though these bills are cloaked with concerns about obstruction or public safety, their effect is singular: chilling protest and suppressing dissent. It is disappointing that our lawmakers would rather silence the voices of their constituents than listen and engage with them. It is unconstitutional and un-American and we at the ACLU are doing everything we can to stop it.


Editors: Please contact Christy Glesing at (317) 667-5991 for more information or to publish.

Statement on House Bill 1024 - Prayer in Schools

By Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana

Jane HenegarFebruary 22, 2017

The First Amendment and existing federal and state law protect religious speech and mandate certain accommodations for religious exercise in government institutions. What the First Amendment does not permit is government endorsement of, or preference for, religious speech and subject matter in public schools.

By forcing public schools to introduce religious curricula and open up public for a for religious speech, HB 1024 puts teachers and school administrators at risk of violating the First Amendment. In sum, HB 1024 takes away the autonomy of school districts to avoid policies and practices that make them susceptible to legal challenges under the United States Constitution.

 

2017 First Wednesdays Lineup

A Survival Guide to the Next Four Years will be held in cities across Indiana this year. Registration for these free community discussions featuring local panelists will open soon.

  • April 5 - Gary
  • June 7 - Fort Wayne
  • September 6 - Bloomington
  • November 8 - Indianapolis

 

Gary: A Survival Guide to the Next Four Years

Hear from the ACLU of Indiana and other community advocates on how to stand up for what's right the in the face of threats and policies that undermine our core American values.

April 5, 6-7:30 p.m.
Indiana University Northwest
Bergland Auditorium in the Savannah Center

Panelists will be: 

  • Katie Blair - Director of Advocacy, ACLU of Indiana
  • Sherry Hunter - President, Calumet Lives Matter
  • Jessica Renslow, M. Ed - Community Builder and Educational Technologist
  • Rima Shahid - Executive Director, Muslim Alliance of Indiana 

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ACLU Declares War Only on Violations of the Constitution

By Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana

Jane Henegar webNo doubt, the distinctions between the First Amendment's protections for an individual's free exercise of religion and the First Amendment's prohibition against government's endorsement of religion can be confusing and complicated. However, each of the arguments that Mr. Heck [ACLU declares 'war' on the Constitution, 12/18/16] presents has been addressed and squarely rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Here is what past U.S. Supreme Court decisions say about the issues surrounding the town of Knightstown's decision to place a cross on top of a Christmas tree in the town square:

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ACLU Challenges Sign Ordinance Limiting Political Expression

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Oct. 31, 2016

Indianapolis — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana today filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Bedford, Ind. resident who is challenging a newly enacted city ordinance regulating yard signs that has the effect of stifling his political expression. The lawsuit claims that the ordinance violates the First and the Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

 "The Ordinance's limitation of one general use sign on a resident's lawn is a particularly oppressive during election time when citizens wish to voice their support and opposition for multiple candidates and political issues." —Jan Menz, ACLU of Indiana staff attorney

The ACLU of Indiana filed the case against the City of Bedford on behalf of Samuel Shaw, who is seeking to stop the city from enforcing City Ordinance 15-2016, which was enacted in September.

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VICTORY! Case Managers Win Appeal Challenging DCS Staffing

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Oct. 25, 2016

Decision reverses trial court's order to dismiss, saying case managers have a right to bring an action to force DCS to comply with state law 

Indianapolis – Today the Court of Appeals of Indiana handed a victory to case managers at the Indiana Department of Child Services more than a year after they filed a class action lawsuit challenging the failure of DCS to adequately staff the agency as required by law.

In July, 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana brought the class-action lawsuit against DCS on behalf of case manager Mary Price and other case managers for violating Indiana Code § 31-25-2-5, which mandates the maximum number of caseloads case managers may have. Today's decision reverses the trial court's Feb., 2016 order to dismiss the lawsuit, saying that case managers have a right to bring an action under mandate to force DCS to comply with the statutory caseload maximums. The case has been remanded to the trial court.

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VICTORY! U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Indiana's Effort to Prevent Resettlement of Syrian Refugee Families

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Oct. 3, 2016

Indianapolis – Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a federal court ruling that prohibits the State of Indiana from taking any actions to interfere with or attempt to deter the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana, including by withholding funds and services to resettlement groups and the refugees they serve.

"The Court of Appeals' decision underscores what we have said throughout this litigation," said Ken Falk, legal director of the ACLU of Indiana. "Governor Pence may not constitutionally or legally discriminate against a particular nationality of refugees that are extensively vetted by the federal government."

The lawsuit filed in November, 2015 was brought by Exodus Refugee Immigration, a nonprofit resettlement agency, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and ACLU national, which said the state's actions to discriminate against Syrian refugees on the basis of national origin violate both equal protection and civil rights laws and intrude on authority that is exclusively federal.

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